Guardiola downplays hopes of winning league title in Manchester derby

Posted March 14, 2018

Manchester City closed on the Premier League title after three points from victory over Stoke City on Monday before arriving in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday for a warm weather training camp. Sterling's fine run down the Stoke left went untracked and it was a lovely cut-back that picked out Silva, with the ball so perfectly weighted that the Spaniard never had to break his stride.

Stoke, next to bottom in the table, showed plenty of endeavour but City were always in charge and Silva doubled the advantage five minutes after the break, converting after a swift exchange with Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus.

Indeed, it's looking like Guardiola's formidable mob may well cinch up the Premier League title against neighbouring foes Manchester United on 7th April.

Sterling later pounced on a loose touch following a controversial drop-ball and raced through towards goal but Badou Ndiaye recovered to get a crucial touch just as the England winger prepared to shoot. "But on Saturday we have a final against Everton, a game that we have to win at all costs".

Mourinho will be employing all the mind games and underhand tactics he has ever come across to ensure that even if the Red Devils don't win the game, they do everything in their power not to have to see Vincent Kompany lifting the Premier League trophy after the game.

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City rack up the points.

Jese has scored one goal in 12 league appearances for Stoke.

"Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once in a lifetime opportunity but steady, it won't be handed to us", said City skipper Vincent Kompany.

Guardiola was full of praise for his 32-year-old midfield star following the game.

"The way they play is terrific, you don't really see it until you get close up, it's so hard to stop".

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"David just explained his story, it puts everything into perspective for us", said the defender. As soon as possible will be better but now we can be relaxed, the players go away with their global teams.

"Because when you look at City's team, they are so collectively on the same wavelength".

"They're a top side, there's no two ways about it", he said.

Manchester City defeated Stoke City 2-0 on Monday night and are next in action after the global break on 31st March against Everton.

The runaway league leaders are also in with a strong chance of winning Europe's premier prize for the first time in their history with the draw for the Champions League last eight taking place on Friday.

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